Eliza Meets The Baddest Of Bad Hombres When She Meets Jennifer, Her Husband’s Gringa Wife!

There is no better hour on television than the Telemundo telenovela Al Otro Lado del Muro!

Here’s what happened last night:

So just as the episode opened, and Sofia thought she was about to escape the motel for the USA, or, if not, then at least for a better hotel, her husband The Evil Governor Ernesto Martinez and his henchmen were on The Other Side Of The Door.

The henchmen took the kids, and Ernesto once again tried to convince Sofia he was innocent.

I’ll tell you what:

Ernesto has a great future in politics because he really is a World Class Liar.

He actually told Sofia that she’s the “Amor de Mi Vida,” the “Love Of my Life,” with a straight face, but she didn’t buy it because she already knew that Paula had picked her to be The Governor’s Wife.

Meanwhile, their kids were bickering between themselves and the henchmen, which made the henchmen wonder why Ernesto was so intent on keeping them.

When Sofia left the motel room, her daughter ran to her, but her rat-bastard of a stepson waited in the car. Too bad.

Because at that moment the sharpshooters with the Mob Boss’ Son showed up and tried to kill Sofia.

Bullets flew everywhere.

I thought they might be trying to kill Ernesto, and so did Ernesto because when you are Ernesto, it’s not unusual that people want to kill you.

But no- that was an assassination attempt on Sofia, who was able to escape with her terrified daughter thanks to the quick thinking and excellent driving ability of Joel.

I love that Joel left the tattle-tale Bow Tie Julián at the motel with his father Ernesto. Joel knows this kid is bad news.

Just like my grandmother used to say about certain people:

“You can tell a bad day from early in the morning.”

Of course, since she said it in Italian, I might not have understood it correctly, just like I could be getting things wrong about this great novela, because there’s a lot to keep up with for me in Spanish!!

So Joel takes Sofia and her daughter to a hidden cabin that his Interpol Chief Patrick finds for them. This cabin is cozy and romantic, and just the perfect place to wind down after a major-shootout, which is how I would promote it on Air BNB.

Once Sofia gets her daughter to sleep, she finds a First-Aid kit in the cabin, and fixes Joel’s bulletwound.

Everyone in a telenovela knows how to fix a bullet wound, even retired Beauty Pageant winners like Sofia. It must be a required class in 7th grade, which is where all “required” classes happen.

After the surgery, Joel and Sofia kiss in front of the fire, which is the perfect way to end their day, after the kidnappings, betrayals and assassination attempt.

That is another feature that would be included in the Air BNB ad for this awesome cabin.

Meanwhile, back in the Governor’s Office, his Chief Of Staff and Girlfriend Paula is seducing the Mafia Boss’ son who ordered the hit on Sofia, but has an impressive work-ethic because he also helped try to kill her.

Paula is willing to overlook what a bad shot he is, judging by the fact she stripped in front of him.

Since I’m still learning Spanish from telenovelas, I can’t figure out if this is what Gov Ernesto wants her to do, or if this is just a side-job for Paula, an insurance policy.

Time will tell, while another associate of theirs, The Elegant and Ultra Evil Juan Estevez (Omar Germenos) sits in jail, a ticking tomb for Ernesto, Paula, The Mob, and their Human Trafficking Business….

Meanwhile, back in L.A., I think that Eliza’s day could be described as “Bad Gringo” day, and for the first time she understood what Trump meant when he used the phrase “Bad Hombres” – he must have meant the Gringos that have Greeted her and her family in L.A.

Because they have been awful!

From the Security Guard who threw Eliza and the kids out of the bus station and kept yelling at the top of his lungs that he didn’t speak Spanish, to the cab driver who stole her phone when he couldn’t steal her money, Eliza had a terrible Gringo day because Max never showed up to pick Eliza and the kids at the bus station, and Steve, his intended emissary, is in a coma somewhere.

Luckily for Eliza, she found the house Max bought for her, and even luckier, that awesome carpenter was at the house doing some last-minute touch-ups to the place, so he could let them in, Welcome them to the USA, and offer to help them find Max.

Sometimes telenovelas are accused of being a bit unrealistic.

Since I am a huge fan of anything that is not realistic, I am ALL-IN on any crazy plot twist anyone throws my way.

But even I cannot accept the complete and utter fantasy that any carpenter or home-repair guy would voluntarily return to the house, without being asked, to do some final-touch ups, and make sure everything is ok.

Nope.

That guy is never coming back unless you scream, yell, beg, and ultimately offer more money.

After Andres, the Best and Most Unusually Cheerful Carpenter Ever, left Eliza and the kids, Eliza thought that her horrible day had finally come to a happy end, until there was a knock at the door…

Eliza happily thought it must be The Missing Max,

but when she flung the door open,

there,

standing on the other side,

was the Scariest Bad Hombre Of All,

Max’s wife Jennifer,

who took a moment from her busy day at the bedside of her dying son

to glare at her husband’s wife.

Uh-oh…

What will happen tonight??????

Bravo!!!!!

And a special Thank You to Joaquín Fernández for the wonderful music in this great series! This song will haunt you forever!

Why Ed Trucco in “Al Otro Lado Del Muro” Now Understands Captain Dobey’s Pain … And Other Telenovela Tragedies…

Que tal!

Did you see last night’s gripping episode of Al Otro Lado del Muro on @Telemundo? It is definitely the fastest hour on television!

Poor Eliza and those kids of hers!

They finally arrive in Los Angeles by bus, and Max is not there to pick them up, the kids are hungry, and Liza’s cell Phone does not work in the USA.

Between the bad food in bus terminals and no phone, this is where I get right back on the bus to Mexico. Let Max find me there.

I’m going back to my mother. And The Bakery.

But Liza is a better person than I am, and so she waits.

And waits…

Meanwhile, two security guards who don’t speak Spanish are getting ready to make a move on her.

Now here is where I get a little angry:

I predict we are going to see some Gringos who do not speak Spanish, or are going to speak Very Bad Spanish.

Why not cast La Gringa Novelera in one of these roles?

No one speaks worse Spanish than me.

I could play any of these roles.

And I already have experience acting in a telenovela.

My 4-seconds in #QuienEsQuien was the most compelling 4-seconds in that series.

I would go the distance in a role requiring Very Bad Spanish, and believe me, I wouldn’t have to go very far.

But I digress…

So the Missing Max has a good excuse for not showing up at the Bus Station – his son with the evil Jennifer was in the hospital and the doctors can’t figure what is wrong with him.

All we know is that his parents were having yet another big fight, and the poor kid collapsed.

My guess is that he’s so tired of listening to his mother trying to hold her marriage together by screaming at his father that she has driven the poor kid into a coma.

Max now needs to stay at the hospital so he can be with his son, and so that Jennifer can continue to yell at him.

So Max sent his brother-in-law Steve (who was on his way to Madrid to try to reunite with his family) to pop-in at the bus station, explain everything to Eliza, and give her a lot of cash.

Steve (Gustavo Pedraza) wasn’t too crazy about this idea, because even though yes, he was in his way to Madrid, he was not going by BUS, so it’s a bit of an imposition. But he agreed to go.

He must be a pretty good packer, because normally on the day anyone is about to travel, there’s no time to go to the bus station, cover for a Missing Dad, and still get to the airport in time to fly to Madrid.

But unfortunately poor Steve was mugged and badly beaten up just before he walked into the bus station. Unconscious, he was taken away by ambulance…

And Eliza and the kids are about to be thrown out of the bus station by a mean Gringo who does not speak Spanish…

Meanwhile, back in Mexico, Sofia has problems of her own- not the least of which are a Human Trafficker of a Husband who is also Governor, and an evil stepson named Julian, who is thwarting her escape plans at every turn.

She should have known Julian could not be trusted when, at the age of 11, he expressed an interest in wearing bow-ties, when he should have been asking for a Metallica t-shirt.

Joel, the Brave and Heartbroken Interpol Agent, showed up at a Governor’s Gala in disguise as either a Hipster or a Rabbi.

As you can imagine, this created just enough confusion at the Gala to give Joel and Sofia enough time to plot her escape, with the help of her Kind And Trustworthy Driver, German.

He’s not German – that’s his name – and he’s played by my friend Hely Ferrigny!

The Governor was interrupted at the Gala by his Human Trafficking Partner’s calls from jail demanding to see him.

So the busy Governor left his fundraiser to go to the jail to visit Juan Estevez, with a confession already written out for him to sign.

A “confession” which of course takes the Governor out of the crime ring.

The Governor promised Juan that if he confessed, after a short time in prison he would send him to Spain.

I’m not sure what the Sentencing Laws are in Mexico, but if Parole includes a trip to Spain, this is an excellent criminal justice system.

Even though Juan is a Human Trafficker, and Spain is beautiful, I admired him when he took the “confession” and threw it in the Governor’s face.

As a disappointed Governor left the jail, confession in hand,

I wondered when had time to write it, but figured he had staffed it out to Paula, who loves nothing more than to compound a crime, when she is not trying to humiliate Sofia or fool around with Sofia’s husband The Governor.

In Illinois, our Governors never visit anyone in prison, but that is because they all end up in prison.

Meanwhile, at first Sofia’s escape seems to be going pretty well:

Since one of the guys in the Governor’s security detail is a former and current hitman who Joel had arrested before, Joel was able to convince him to help get the kids to their mom Sofia, who Joel had stashed in a second-rate hotel, where the elegant and highly-accessorized Sofia stood out like a sore thumb.

If you ask me, Joel should have hidden Sofia at The Four Seasons, where she could hide in plain sight.

Things started to break bad when that twit Julián snuck Sofia’s cell phone into the bathroom and called his dad, to tip him off.

Then poor Patrick, Joel’s Interpol boss who spends half of his workday yelling at Joel for being a rebel, and the other half of the day covering for Joel because he’s his best agent, gets attacked by the Sicario/Bodyguard, and is left for dead.

Patrick, played by Ed Trucco, is like Starsky and Hutch’s constantly worried Lieutenant. He knows he’s lucky to have Joel, but Joel’s UnOrthodox methods (unless he’s posing as a Rabbi) drive him crazy.

I love the scenes between Patrick and Joel (played by Guillermo Ivan) more than any other scenes in this show because they usually speak English, so I can relax a little.

As last night’s episode ended, when Sofia opened the door to her Motel 6 room to escape with her kids into the waiting arms and small private plane of Interpol, The Evil Governor was on the other side of the door.

Now what????????

Don’t miss tonight’s exciting episode!!!

Pretty soon we should be seeing Christopher Millan!!

I Love this series!!

Bravo👏👏👏👏👏

Everything In Life Relates To “Seinfeld,” Even The Telenovela “Al Otro Lado Del Muro!”

Did you watch the Telemundotelenovela Al Otro Lado del Muro last night? If you did, then you must have been glued to your couch, just like me!!

In fact, I was so paralyzed by what was happening that like Sofia, I was trapped in my own room,

except unlike Sofia, I was not locked in there by my husband, The Governor.

And unlike Sofia, my housekeeper did not bring me a delicious dinner with a hidden cell phone to use.

And unlike Sofia, I did not get a visit from Paula, my husband’s mistress and campaign manager, who gave me permission to leave my room, so she could yell at me.

And unlike Sofia, I am not a former beauty queen who my husband’s mistress choose to be The First Lady based upon a good head shot.

And unlike Sofia, my husband’s mistress would not have me shot in the head if I don’t behave myself.

Sofia had a TERRIBLE day yesterday, and she got absolutely no traction even though she busted wide open the Human Trafficking ring her husband and his friends run.

When she confronted her husband, he denied everything, even though she found the secret papers in his safe that were basically receipts for selling teenage girls to the Cartel.

I’ll give Gabriel Porras this:

He Plays The World’s Greatest Liar so perfectly that he could work for Trump as his new Press Secretary.

Even though I had seen I the meeting between him and the Mob about the Human Trafficking, he almost had ME convinced he wasn’t involved.

To add insult to injury, he sent the kids to his mother’s and locked Sofia in her room, which the entire household staff did not think was unusual at all.

Then, Sofia got the bad news from Paula that not only is Paula The Governor’s First Girlfriend, but the Governor only married Sofia because she was popular, and because Paula picked her over the telenovela actress.

This was remarkable.

The fact that Paula choose Sofia over a telenovela actress not only shows how brave Paula is, but was also DELICIOUS because all of the women in the show are Telenovela Actresses.

I love Meta-Moments like that.

Plus the show was so tense that I needed a little comic relief.

The only bright spot in Sofia’s day were the violets the Interpol agent sent that had a cell-phone hidden inside, so he can help her escape. Plus, I predict it is his first courting gesture.

No one owes a bigger debt to telenovelas than the telephone industry.

You know who betrayed Sofia?Julian, The Governor’s Mini-Me and Child Spy. No one says “Que haces Aqui” as scary as this kid.

If I was Sofia, I’d get Julian a box of Tic Tacs to keep in his pocket, like Elaine gave to “The Sidler” in “Seinfeld,” so she always knew when he was coming.

Eliza had a bad day too:Not only did she leave her mother AND the bakery, to take the kids to L.A. to live with their dad, but she also had a very hard time keeping her son out of her purse every time she wasn’t looking, which is a sure sign of a Bad Seed.

Plus, she must be afraid to fly or something, because Max looks pretty successful and could have definitely afforded the three plane tickets.

Eliza should have flown because then she would have arrived in L.A. two days ahead of something a lot scarier:

Max’s wife.

And their son’s impending illness.

This novela is gripping and excellent, and you don’t want to miss it!!

WANT TO GO TO A NIGHTCLUB IN A CO-ED PRISON? YOU WILL HAVE TO WATCH TELENOVELAS!

QUE TAL!

This is a very big Premiere Week for us and Telemundo, with another new MegaNovela that premiered last night – “Enemigo Intimo” (“Intimate Enemy”), which stars Raul Mendez, Fernanda Castillo, Guillermo Quintanilla and Diego Soldano!

Only in a telenovela can you go from Swiss banks to Mexico to a murder in the nightclub in a co-ed prison, all in the same hour, which pretty much sums up why I am so addicted to them. Telenovelas, that is. Not co-ed prisons.

Raul and Fernanda play a brother (Captain Alejandro Ferrer) and sister (Roxana Rodiles) who were torn apart as children, and now don’t recognize each other as adults. Not to sound like “Monk,” but Here’s What Happened:

When Captain Alejandro and “Roxana” were little kids, that was not her name, and they lived with their parents somewhere in the desert. Alejandro and his little sister were very close; he was crazy about his little sister, and he showed it by giving her a reptile of her very own.

One tragic day, in a horrifying scene that did not involve the reptile, their parents were slaughtered, and the killers took Alejandro’s little sister away. The bloody arm of the man holding her hand was wrapped in the tattoo of a gigantic snake, so I cannot wait to see whose arm that is. But we are going to have to wait a while for that… or maybe not!

25 years later, Alejandro is a Captain in charge of a super-efficient police department, with gigantic television screens, high-tech surveillance equipment, and plenty of avant-garde crime solving techniques, but he has never forgotten his sister.

Unfortunately, his little sister has forgotten it all, and has become the ultra-sophisticated, super-glamorous and Tres-beautiful globetrotter Roxana Rodiles, for whom every day is like a Vogue assignment, as she catwalks through Europe, spreading her boyfriend’s money around. I don’t know who raised her after they killed her parents, but I am definitely convinced charm school was involved, and there weren’t a lot of after-school snacks.

Captain Alejandro has been on a tear, trying to destroy a big cartel and drinking a lot of coffee, and he made some headway when he and his troops killed the beloved son of the head of that cartel, who doesn’t look too thrilled with the son he has left.

Somehow, in his investigation (which as far as I could tell involves a lot of yelling at people and mocking them) he figured out that the money launderer for the cartel is the regal Frederico Montalvo (Diego Soldano) whose girlfriend ROXANA, it just so happens, is on a whirlwind tour of Europe, giving his millions away to small African nations and depositing some in Swiss banks along the way. Interpol is sent to find her, and she should have been pretty easy to spot because she was the only gal in Geneva driving a DeLorean. Roxana made it home, but was not free for long.

Meanwhile, while Roxana is flying home, Captain Alejandro is working very hard on getting a search warrant for Montalvo’s castle. The judge is very reluctant to grant the warrant because that will make his boss, Mr. Montalvo, very mad at him. Alejandro and his mentor sort of shame the judge into signing it, but as soon as he does and the police leave, the judge pulls his secret phone out of his cabinet and calls Mr. Montalvo to warn him that 5-0 is on the way.

Mr. Montalvo, who is in the same house as Roxana, does not warn her, and she gets arrested while Mr. Montalvo escapes. It is hard for me to tell why he didn’t warn her, but I think it might be because she either gave too much of his money away, or a DeLorean was never discussed. If you ask me, she should have known the bloom was off the rose when she came home from her European adventure and they ate dinner sitting at opposite of a dining room table that was approximately one city-block long.

In any event, the episode ends with Captain Alejandro putting Roxana in handcuffs while she gives him the same little-sister puppy-dog eyes she used to give him as a child when he gave her a lizard for her very own, but they don’t recognize each other.

But before we get to the end there is one more thing to discuss, and that is the Co-Ed prison which I cannot get enough of. There are Male Dorms and Women Dorms, and although they are not supposed to be in each other’s rooms after Midnight, the Warden runs a pretty loose ship so the inmates don’t burn the place down.

If you ask me, that warden knows what he is doing and is pretty much giving them Snow in Winter, because the women have the most and worst facial tattoos and are so unpleasant that even in prison I am not sure they could get a date.

The male prisoners are led by my hero Guillermo Quintanilla, who plays an inmate named “El Guillotina.” Guillermo always creates memorable characters and El Guillotina is no exception. With his gigantic moustache, tinted aviator glasses and the Greatest Nickname Ever, El Guillotina rules the school. His counterpart in the Women’s Dorm is “Zoraida,” who is actually scarier because everyone knows that women are meaner than men.

And the icing on the cake? The nightclub in the middle of the prison. A nightclub. In prison. At this point if you are not watching telenovelas you might want to check your pulse.

The headliner at the prison nightclub is, or was, “La Dulcita.” You could tell she was a big hit with all of the inmates and that’s not just because her prometido El Guillotina made everyone applaud for her. She was a very good entertainer, with costume changes and everything.

I could not figure out if she was another inmate or brought in just to perform for the troops. Or inmates. But it doesn’t matter anymore, and here is where, for one brief glorious moment, this telenovela turned into a film noir, because someone killed La Dulci, The Nightclub Singer. The Gilda of Cell Block 8. She was killed in her own Prison Nightclub Dressing Room. Isn’t that always the way in the old movies? Someone kills the nightclub singer, and it’s up to her flawed, tough-as-nails boyfriend to solve the crime?

Well a devastated Guillotina may be better at crime than crime-solving, because instead of doing anything helpful, he is leading a riot against the warden, and they are burning their own furniture, including the velvet ropes used to keep the riff-raff out of the VIP section at the Prison Club, Studio Cell Block One. How’d you like to work the line at that club? Imagine asking people if they are “on the list?”

All this, in only one hour? Do you see why I love telenovelas so much?!?!?

Let’s watch this Telenovela together!

An Exciting Premiere With Lots Of Chauffeurs!

Did you watch the Very Grand Premiere of the latest telenovela from Telemundo & writer Laura Sosa Pedroza, “Al Otro Lado del Muro?”

It was the fastest hour on television last night, and I didn’t know where to look so I wouldn’t miss anything!!

Here’s the story so far:

Marjorie de Sousa plays “Sofia” the kind and beautiful wife of Ernesto Martinez, Governor of a large state in Mexico.

They have two children, a boy and a girl, but Ernesto prefers his son because he wears bow ties. He’s not too crazy about his daughter because she is a tomboy and smart.

They have a very big house with a lot of cars in front and everyone has their own driver, which has always been my dream.

The chauffeurs are always hanging around out in front while they spy on each other and the family, while pretending to polish their side-view mirrors.

I predict that in this series, instead of the housekeepers knowing what everyone is up to in the house, it will be these chauffeurs, which is a twist I already love.

Governor Martinez is not only the World’s Worst Governor because he is a Human Trafficker who cheats on his wonderful wife with his Social Secretary who thinks she is the First Wife, but he might have a worse Cabinet than Trump:

1. Juan Estevez, (the always awesome Omar Germenos) his partner in Human Trafficking of children, and

2. The Very Tall and Corrupt Senator Irving Cummings of Texas, whose Spanish is worse than mine.

Last night, in the midst of the big birthday gala for Ernesto, where all of their evil friends were in attendance, Sofia gets wind of the fact that her husband and his pals might be involved with human trafficking when the mother of a missing girl keeps trying to get to The Governor to help find her missing daughter.

The mother does not know that all Ernesto has to do to “help” her is to release her daughter (and the hundreds of other kids he’s holding) from the ranch Sofia inherited from her father, but apparently never visits.

I’m not sure why Sofia has abandoned the ranch to begin with, because even if it’s far, she has a driver, so she could go whenever she wants.

The Mother Of The Missing Girl, and an intrepid reporter, keep trying to convince Sofia to help, but what convinces her to check things out is when she catches Gov Martinez and his scary pal Estevez talking about delivering shipments of “little bottles” of wine and tequila.

Since being a Bad Governor keeps Ernesto busy enough, Sofia is certain he is also not a liquor distributor.

To be honest, if this was set in Chicago, Sofia would know that only a busy corrupt politician that has the time, cash and connections to obtain a liquor distributorship.

Sofia sneaks out of her own house (always a bad sign when you have to sneak out of your own house), drives herself out to the her ranch, peers into the window, and sees a lot of teenagers laying around watching tv.

Now, abunch of teenagers laying around watching tv is not that unusual sight anywhere, but since no one lives at the ranch Sofia was very suspicious.

And when she recognized the Missing Girl among them, she realized her husband was involved in the Human Trafficking with his best scary pal, The Guest Who Never Leaves, Juan Estevez.

She is caught by a Very Bad Guy while spying but then saved by a Very Good Guy who is also one of The Chauffers, who she thought was a Very Bad Guy.

Devastated, she gets into a car accident on the way home, and calls her chauffeur German (Hely Ferrigny) to pick her up. I’m not sure if he can be trusted yet, because like the rest of the chauffeurs he is also always outside, pretending to polish his side-view mirror.

I’m prepared to predict today that The Chauffeurs are all going to be very important to this series, as well as very unpredictable!

Now is the time to tell you that in the first minute of the show, we see Sofia and her daughter making a fantastic escape across the Border in a car that drives up a ramp and crosses The Border that way (which I hope keeps Trump up at night) with one of the Chauffers saving her life by shooting a guy that’s about to shoot her.

The rest of the show is told in flashback from a week before that.

Sofia is an excellent stunt driver, considering she never has to drive herself anywhere.

This is a very busy week for Sofia and her caterer, and the show’s other Protagonist “Eliza,” played by Litzy. Stay tuned to this Page:

I’ll tell you all about her story in the next post!

Meanwhile, cancel your plans, set your DVR, and do whatever you need to do to follow this wonderful new telenovela!

And don’t forget to pay extra-special attention to the scenes involving legal issues because I helped!!

Another Telenovela Dream Come True!!

Que tal!

Who knew that when I decided to learn Spanish from telenovelas that one day I’d be consulting on the scripts??

But that’s what’s happened, and that telenovela is “Al Otro Lado del Muro,” which premieres tomorrow night on Telemundo!!

When you watch the show, pay close attention to the law-related scenes, because guess what??

I consulted with the writer Laura Sosa Pedroza (at her invitation!) on the legal issues in the show!!

I always knew being a lawyer would pay off one day – but I never thought it would be by consulting with telenovela writers on legal themes in the script, and being part of a show as exciting as this one!

One of the things I have always loved about telenovelas is how crazy the courtroom scenes are, with people in the audience yelling “Culpable!” and “Mentirosa!!” I also love the law enforcement technique they use of pitting one criminal against the other during an interrogation (although that recently backfired for a certain bad guy in “Jose, Jose” when his co-conspirator called him a liar and slashed his throat in the Interview Room. While the police were unable to solve the original crime they had plenty to work with on the new murder that happened in the police station).

And now, I am a very small part of this crazy world! You will be happy to know that the courtroom scenes in “Al Otro Lado del Muro” will be as exciting as ever, and still almost as if a real lawyer was never consulted, since I am more like a t.v. lawyer anyway.

An added bonus is that I’ve met many of the cast members, and spent a little time on the set, something I would never have thought was possible when I started learning Spanish from telenovelas!

You are going to love Litzy, Marjorie de Sousa and Gabriel Porras in this timely and exciting series, and the supporting cast is unbeatable, including the epic Adriana Barraza.

Let’s watch this show together! I’ll be writing about it here, on Lagringanovelera.me, and on social media @gringanovelera.

And pay close attention to all legal issues because there might be a quiz.

You Will Be Over The Moon When You Watch “Al Otro Lado Del Muro!”

ESTAS LISTO?

Are you ready for the Very Exciting Premiere of “Al Otro Lado del Muro?” on Telemundo?

This fantastic telenovela starts this Wednesday, February 21, and we can’t wait to watch it!!

I have a very special place in my heart for “Al Otro Lado Del Muro” – “The Other Side of the Wall” – for many reasons.

First of all, as we all know, the topic could not be more timely. The actresses Litzy and Marjorie de Sousa are the Protagonists in this novela.

They play two very different women who share the common goal of a life in the USA, but for very different reasons.

Litzy is “Eliza Romero” a beautiful and happy baker with two children and unfortunately, as she learns when she takes her children to the USA, a husband with a family on both sides of the border.

As you can imagine, her husband Max will leave her and their kids stranded at the bus station, and will not be welcomed by his Gringuita Familia, because this is not that weird show “Sister Wives.”

Undaunted because no woman as beautiful as Litzy is single for long,

her Eliza will meet all disasters with a cheerful optimism that hides a core of steel and lots of great dessert recipes.

Marjorie de Sousa, in her first appearance for Telemundo, plays Sofia Villavicencio, the wife of the evil Mexican governor Ernesto Martinez, a woman who is a former pageant queen with a very long maiden name.

Kind, gracious, and beautiful, Sofia the perfect political wife, and loving mother to her son and daughter.

However, Sofia flees to the USA when she learns that her husband is also in charge of a human trafficking ring, which she tries to bust up before she leaves, because she is brave as she is beautiful, and also because she’s really mad at her ex-.

In the previews, it looks like she drives her Jeep right over The Wall, which I am sure The American Idiot/President will be tweeting about soon.

Poor Sofia can only bring her daughter with her, however, because her son will be ripped from her arms just before her escape.

In the USA, Sofia finds Eliza, the only person Sofia can trust because Eliza was Sofia’s caterer in Mexico, which is a closer relationship than even a doctor and her patient.

Gabriel Porras, handsome as ever, is The Antagonist, The Evil Governor and Human Trafficker Ernesto Martinez. When Gabriel Porras is good, he is very good, but when he is bad, he is even better. Governor Martinez is cold and calculating, but like all politicians, he is great at being a phony. With the help of his staff, other politicians, and his Equally Evil girlfriend, he fools the voters, while he buys and sells young women, kidnaps his own son, and gets to live in the Governor’s Mansion for free.

He will have to battle Sofia, Eliza, many other supporting characters, and the voters, but never his conscience, in this thrilling new series.

I have been waiting for AOLDM for a long time! When I was in Miami a few months ago, I was lucky enough to visit the Telemundo studios while they were filming the show, and not only did I meet Litzy, Marjorie de Sousa and Gabriel Porras, but I watched them film a scene or two! (Actually I had met Gabriel Porras before, and I was shocked he did not remember me. Especially since he had to get a Restraining Order that time.)

Since I am still learning Spanish from telenovelas, I can’t tell you exactly what the scene was about, which is why I think Telemundo thinks it’s safe to invite me to the studio: I won’t reveal any secrets because I have no idea what’s happening.

I can tell you that from what I saw, there was a lot of gun-pointing, yelling, and Gabriel Porras flipped an intruder upside-down.

I did learn that it is very risky for an actor to flip an adult upside-down, but Gabriel came out on top, as he always does.

It is really a privilege for me, the ultimate fan, to watch what goes into every scene of a telenovela, and the patience and professionalism everyone shows. These novelas depend on everyone doing their jobs, most especially the gracious and charming man who brings around shots of espresso every few hours to keep the cast and crew going! Join me and let’s watch Al Otro Lado del Muro together!

Adriana Barraza, Jose Guillermo Cortines, Omer Germenos, Daniela Bascope, Gabriela Vergara, Gustavo Pedroza, Hely Ferrigny, Christopher Millan, Ed Trucco, and Uriel del Toro are just a few of the other great actors who round-out this novela!

And the writer is the always-compelling Laura Sosa Pedroza, who I am a huge fan of!!

Let’s watch @AlOtroLadoDelMuro together!!

Telenovelas Aren’t Telenovelas Without These Three Stars!!!

In “Pasion Prohibida,” Ruben Morales ran a household staff whose members were so busy crying and gossiping that they never had time to dust.

In “Santa Diabla,” Roberto Mateos killed three FBI agents with one pen, and was eventually served up for lunch in the Chile con Carne at the Grand Opening of a restaurant run by his ex-girlfriend and ex-wife.

In “El Senor de los Cielos,” Guillermo Quintanilla was one-third of the unforgettable Robles Siblings; he seemed to be the Voice Of Reason, in-between a cocaine-crazed brother and boy-crazy sister. (I say “seemed to be…” because I had just started learning Spanish from telenovelas then, and had no idea what was happening!! )

The first time I saw all three of these tremendous actors they made a huge impression on me.

But I never dreamed that someday I would have the chance to interview them, and write a cover story about them for Latin Connection Magazine!!

I hope you enjoy it!!

http://www.latinconnectionmag.com/